EAC Commissioners Select New Officers, Accredit Voting System Test Lab

cour case imageMembers of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission met Tuesday, a gathering that marked the first time the Commission was able to meet with a quorum of Commissioners in four years.
The Commission addressed a variety of pressing issues at the meeting. These issues included the accreditation of a new voting system test laboratory; consideration of possible updates to the standards used to test voting systems; and updates to the EAC’s voting system testing program manuals. Additionally, Commissioner Christy McCormick was selected to chair the commission and Commissioner Thomas Hicks was selected as vice chair.
Commissioners voted 3-0 to accredit Pro V&V as a third voting system test laboratory under the commission’s lab accreditation program. The new lab facility is now accredited to begin testing whether new voting equipment is able to meet the guidelines set forth in the voluntary voting system guidelines.
The move follows a recommendation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and after an independent EAC review to address non-technical issues such as conflict of interest policies, organizational structure, and record-keeping protocols. In addition to Pro V&V, SLI Global Solutions and NTS Huntsville have also been accredited by EAC. All three labs will test against the VVSG.
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